Giraffe & Lion Painting with Lions at Lunchtime

There are so many great themes in the Magic Tree House books! I love that you cover a wide range of them so that kids don’t get bored.

You can in the old west and then suddenly you are in Africa with safari animals! It is always fun to read the book and explore the theme.

We have a really fun painting activity for kids to do with giraffes and lions! It is loads of fun to paint and create new things.

Giraffe & Lion Painting with Lions at Lunchtime - a fun watercolor and cookie cutter painting activity to make an African animal scene - 3Dinosaurs.com

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We have really enjoyed spending time together reading these books. It is fun to explore a theme every two weeks and have fun learning at the same time.

This weeks book is the Lions at Lunchtime (Magic Tree House, No. 11). I love all the animals you get to explore in book.

I also look for fun ways to expand on what we read. It is a great way to have some fun after the book is read.

We decided to do a painting activity to go with this book. I love changing up something we love with new things. We mixed watercolors with paints to make a great painting.

What you need for this activity

Giraffe & Lion Painting with Lions at Lunchtime - a fun watercolor and cookie cutter painting activity to make an African animal scene - 3Dinosaurs.com

How to make this painting activity

We painted the background first.

We started with the sky. We have to decide just where the sky met the ground on our paper. We draw a line to mark where we were painting too.

Giraffe & Lion Painting with Lions at Lunchtime - a fun watercolor and cookie cutter painting activity to make an African animal scene - 3Dinosaurs.com

Then we used a mix of brown and yellows to make the grasslands for the painting. We sometimes use a larger brush to spread the watercolor around. You can add water to the paint to spread it.

Giraffe & Lion Painting with Lions at Lunchtime - a fun watercolor and cookie cutter painting activity to make an African animal scene - 3Dinosaurs.com

After we let the watercolors dry for a few minutes we talked about the book.

Then we decorated the area. We added some grass sticking up, bushes and a tree in the background. I always let my daughter do what she wants with the paintings.

Giraffe & Lion Painting with Lions at Lunchtime - a fun watercolor and cookie cutter painting activity to make an African animal scene - 3Dinosaurs.com

We then did our cookie cutters painting of the animals. I love using cookie cutters because it let them make the shape and work on fine motor skills while holding and painting. We use the q-tip to paint inside the cookie cutter.

Giraffe & Lion Painting with Lions at Lunchtime - a fun watercolor and cookie cutter painting activity to make an African animal scene - 3Dinosaurs.com

Then we used paint and q-tips to finish out paintings. We added extra decoration to the giraffe with spots and colors the lion’s mane.

Giraffe & Lion Painting with Lions at Lunchtime - a fun watercolor and cookie cutter painting activity to make an African animal scene - 3Dinosaurs.com

Here is a lot at our paintings

Giraffe & Lion Painting with Lions at Lunchtime - a fun watercolor and cookie cutter painting activity to make an African animal scene - 3Dinosaurs.com

Giraffe & Lion Painting with Lions at Lunchtime - a fun watercolor and cookie cutter painting activity to make an African animal scene - 3Dinosaurs.com

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About Cassie

Cassie is a mom of three stomping, romping, and roaring girls. She blogs about fun art and craft activities and printables she makes. She includes the odd review of products every now and then. She also blogs about the places that she has taken the girls called trip reviews. She has a few free printable pack for kids ages 2 to 8 and always adding more. She loves to get comments and feedback and always looking for new things to try or do with her girls.
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2 Responses to Giraffe & Lion Painting with Lions at Lunchtime

  1. Such a cute activity! I love how you used the cookie cutters!

    • Cassie says:

      We love cookie cutter painting! It is fun and does not stress kids out about getting the shape right. Plus you can use them so many ways!

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